Numlock Sunday: Ben Cohen on Shakespeare's Hot Hand
By Walt Hickey
Welcome to the Numlock Sunday edition. Each week, I'll sit down with an author or a writer behind one of the stories covered in a previous weekday edition for a casual conversation about what they wrote.
This week, my continued conversation with Ben Cohen, a sports reporter at The Wall Street Journal and the author of the brand new book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks.
Last week, we talked about what the “hot hand” is, how we found the science behind streaks and a few choice examples in sports, movies, and economics.
This week, Ben and I talked about two people — one unappreciated in her time, the other literally Shakespeare — and how streaks worked for them. We mainly talk about a wild thing that happened to Shakespeare and how you can find breadcrumbs of that in his work.